Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Open Road Media
A New York Times Notable Book:The richly imagined fictional life of one of cinema’s founding fathers from National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard In 1907, while waiting for a train that would take him from his quiet rural hometown to university in cosmopolitan Berlin, Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe met Hans Ehrenbaum-Degele, the great passion of his life. Hans was the catalyst for Plumpe’s transformation into F. W. Murnau, the filmmaker best known for directing Nosferatu—the iconic silent film adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula—as well as The Last Laugh, Sunrise, and Tabu. As we follow Murnau from the airfields of the Great War to the cafés and clubs of Weimar Berlin to the virtual invention of filmmaking, and from there to the South Seas, we chart the progress of a man desperate to open himself to others but nonetheless continually “at home in no house and in no country.” While devoted to those he loved, Murnau remained hamstrung by self-loathing and, like his vampiric creation, afraid of his own “terrible inhumanness.” In his fascinating fictionalized biography of Murnau, Jim Shepard, author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Aron, brings both Weimar-era Germany and the early days of film to life in roaring, irresistible detail, delving into the heart and mind of a troubled genius and uncovering the inner turmoil of a reclusive and enigmatic cinema pioneer.
Author: Kevin Jackson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
F.W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu, the first (albeit unofficial) screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, starring Max Schreck as the hollow-eyed, cadaverous vampire, remains a potent and disturbing horror film. Kevin Jackson's study traces Nosferatu's eventful production and reception history, including attempts by Stoker's widow to suppress it.
Author: Roy Ashbury
Publisher: Longman Pub Group
"Is this your wife? What a lovely throat." - Max Schreck as Graf Orlock in Nosferatu Provides excerpts of reviews and gives a background to the film. Includes biographies of key cast and crew, and puts the movie in the cultural context of Germany and the world in 1922 Looks at production, writing, key scenes, themes and techniques used in making the movie. Go behind the scenes of Nosferatu with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Murnau saw himself as an artist and how he uses artwork and specific paintings to influence the look of a scene and how set design adds a visual intensity. Consider the film in the context of history and circumstance and how the experience of war and defeat is reflected in the film. Get a background of the small production company responsible for the film and short biographies of Albin Grau, F.W. Murnau, the director, Henrik Galeen, scriptwriter, Fritz Arno Wagner, cinematographer, and several actors including Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Great Schroeder and Ruth Landshoff. Included is a bibliography of books and articles having to do with German filmaking, and Nosferatu, a listing of cinematic terms and a listing of credits. Learn why Murnau recruited an inexperienced girl for the role of Ruth and what features and techniques have become recognized as stylistic traits of Murnau's films. Written in a accessible style, Nosferatu is excellent reading for the movie fan or flm student alike. Roy Ashbury is head of Media Studies at Queen Mary's College.
Author: Cristina Massaccesi
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror, directed by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in 1922, is not only regarded as one of the most intriguing and disquieting films to have been produced during the years of Weimar cinema but is also a key step in establishing the vampire as a cinematic figure and in shaping its connection with our subconscious fears and desires. In her analysis of this hugely influential film, Cristina Massaccesi unravels the never-ending fascination exercised by the film over generations of viewers and filmmakers whilst at the same time providing the reader with a clear guide about the film’s contexts, cinematography, and possible interpretations, covering the political and social context of the Weimar Republic and its film industry, the German Expressionist movement, the film’s production, reception and difficult initial release. The book also includes the results of a lengthy interview between the author and E. Elias Merhige, director of the Nosferatu homage, Shadow of the Vampire (2000).
Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Hannover (Englisches Seminar), course: Film Analysis, language: English, abstract: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens is a horror film classic from 1922. In 1979 Werner Herzog produced a movie called Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht, in which he used Murnau's direction ideas. In this paper, I first analyse and compare the influence of colours and lighting on the atmosphere in both movies. Thereafter, I point out the differences in atmosphere between the silent movie with background music and the film with diegetic sounds. Finally, I focus on some differences in cinematography and editing in order to find out how different techniques evoke different feelings in the viewer. I do all this with the intention of proving that, even though advanced filming techniques have improved the understanding of details in movies, the genre of the horror film has not profited from the developments but, in contrast, runs the risk of appearing absurd or parodic.
Author: Dana Gioia, F. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
I am the past that feeds upon the present. I am the darkness that daylight denies. I am the sins that you must inherit-- The final truth in a world full of lies. Based on F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent vampire film--a classic of German Expressionist cinema--Gioia's Nosferatu creates a poetic version of the Dracula story in the form of an opera libretto. Written for the neoromantic composer Alva Henderson, the opera Nosferatu has been triumphantly showcased around the U.S. and will soon be staged in New York. Giogia's thrilling version of the vampire myth brings forth the terror of Nosferatu, "the undead," as seen through the eyes of the heroine, a gifted young woman trapped in a tragedy beyond her control. Dana Gioia received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University. He also completed an M.A. at Harvard where he studied with poets Robert Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Bishop. Gioia is the author of Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture as well as three collections of poetry, Interrogations at Noon, The Gods of Winter, and Daily Horoscope. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.
The vampire film
Author: Alain Silver, James Ursini
Publisher: Amadeus Press
"Focusing on [recent films] from the United States and abroad that found inspiration in the vampire theme ... , the authors consider and analyze each picture in detail: its style and approach, plot, acting, cinematography, set design, special effects--and finally its quality of achievement"--P.  of cover.
The Dead Travel Fast
Author: Eric Nuzum
A cultural exploration of vampire lore and the lifestyles it has inspired in the modern world recounts the author's visits to convergence sites in New York clubs, darkened parks, and chain restaurants, in an offbeat account that also surveys the pervasiveness of vampire stories in pop culture. 20,000 first printing.
Author: Roy A. Sites, Roy A Sites M L a
Nosferatu -- Does this word not sound like the Deathbird calling for you at midnight? Beware of it, otherwise you will fade away and images of your life will be shattered, nightmares will quickly rise in your heart and feed upon your blood. From the mist shrouded ruins of Transylvania to the deserted manse in Wisborg...... He is coming! -- Vermin, plague, misery, insanity, death -- ...hide in the shadow of the Vampire... The great 1922 silent horror film classic presented in story-board form with a shot-by-shot presentation. Every shot in the film is represented with a frame enlargement, narrative comments and a fresh translation of every original German intertitle card. In addition, brief comments are provided relating to cinematic devices used by Murnau in his seminal film, as well as backstories, then-and-now photos, sources for viewing the film, and more. This is F. W. Murnau's horror masterpiece presented as never before. This is where the cinematic legend of Dracula begins. With over 600 photos and illustrations!!!
Author: G. B. Royer
Publisher: 36 Linhas Editora (Editora SIDUS LTDA)
Graphic Films Collection was created to offer comic versions of cinema classics that are in the public domain. The scripted versions faithfully respect the original narrative, the scenarios, and the characters. The title that opens this collection is Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu - Symphony of Horrors) is a 1922 German film in five acts, (in this graphic novel in 2 acts), directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. Henrik Gallen's script is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, so the names of characters and places have changed. The silent film tells the story of Count Orlok, a vampire from the Carpathian Mountains, who falls madly in love by Ellen, the wife of the young realtor Hutter, who goes to the Carpathians to offer a property to the count. Count Orlok, (Nosferatu), takes the terror to the city of Wisborg, while going after Ellen and causes that many think to be the plague...
Author: Ken Holewczynski, Rafael Nieves
Publisher: Caliber Comcis
A symphony of shadows...a symphony of shudders.?Beyond the Carpathian Mountains, in the land called Transylvania, there lived a monster that preyed on men and fed on their blood. It then crossed the great sea, driven by a greater need than the bloodlust, to seek out a woman of great beauty and great power. Nosferatu is comic adaptation of F. W. Murnau¡¯s classic silent film of life and undeath that was derived from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Painted and done in expressionistic style to match the original intent of the film, this graphic novel pays homage to the great film. Collects issues 1-2.
Author: Christopher P. Nichols
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Author: Stephanie Spinner
Having deduced the double identity of Count Dracula, a wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.
Nosferatu in Love
Author: Jim Shepard
This is a powerful fictional retelling of the life of the great film-maker F.W. Murnau. Murnau was a master of the silent cinema and one of his most enduring works is Nosferatu - the first vampire film and one whose images still haunt our consciousness. Like Nosferatu, Murnau was cold and impenetrable, a man whose great needs drained all those who came into contact with him. But underneath this exterior lay a wound caused by his betrayal of the great love of his life, a betrayal which resulted in the death of his lover in the trenches of World War I. It is only in the South Seas during the shooting of Tabu that his heart's anguish is finally assuaged.